High Conductivity Nanoscale Modification for Electrically Conductive Organic Matrix Composites

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-5044
Agency Tracking Number: F071-124-1657
Amount: $99,980.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-124
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
409 W. Maple St., Yadkinville, NC, 27055
DUNS: 041336913
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Czerw
 Principal Investigator
 (336) 849-7474
Business Contact
 Richard Czerw
Title: President
Phone: (336) 849-7474
Email: czerwr@nanotechlabs.com
Research Institution
Traditionally, conductive paths in composite structures to mitigate the effects of lightning strikes have been established by bonding aluminum or copper mesh to the structure either as the outside ply or embedded one ply down or incorporating strands of conductive material into the laminate. For external surface protection, a number of metal and metallized fiber products have been developed, typically woven and nonwoven screens and expanded foils. These materials add weight, can corrode, and are difficult to repair. In this Phase I, NanoTechLabs will incorporate highly conducting carbon nanotube buckypapers into composite laminates for lightning strike protection. Buckypapers will save more than half the weight and are immune to corrosion.

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